Book launch for Lucy Gent Foma’s Funded

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In the non­profit world, it’s well known that money at­tracts money. The more grants an or­ga­ni­za­tion gets, the more likely it is that other foun­da­tions will take its pro­pos­als se­ri­ously. The same prin­ci­ple is at work for peo­ple who win fel­low­ship af­ter fel­low­ship, al­low­ing them to travel fre­quently, write, or cre­ate art with­out a day job and do in­ter­est­ing work in ex­otic lo­ca­tions with­out maxing out their credit cards. Lucy Gent Foma, who grew up in Santa Fe, won nearly $250,000 in fel­low­ships, schol­ar­ships, and grants be­tween 2010 and 2015, in­clud­ing a Ful­bright fel­low­ship and a Ro­tary schol­ar­ship. Though she de­scribes her­self as an av­er­age stu­dent, she’s had a va­ri­ety of over­seas fel­low­ships, and she earned her mas­ter’s de­gree with­out ac­cru­ing any debt be­cause of a par­tic­u­lar tal­ent for get­ting oth­ers to pay her way. Now she’s writ­ten a how-to guide for any­one who wants to know the se­crets to her suc­cess, Funded! How I Lever­aged My Pas­sion to Live a Ful­fill­ing Life and How You Can Too (Mor­gan James Pub­lish­ing). Funded! is a step-by-step guide, com­plete with work­sheets, for iden­ti­fy­ing and craft­ing a com­pelling per­sonal story, find­ing a men­tor, cre­at­ing a pro­posal, pre­par­ing a state­ment of pur­pose or “el­e­va­tor pitch,” and hon­ing one’s per­sonal state­ment un­til it shines. There are also prac­ti­cal tips on pre­par­ing for ex­tended time abroad and de­tailed guid­ance on dif­fer­ent types of fund­ing sources. Foma, cur­rently a Trans­porta­tion Scholar at Ban­de­lier Na­tional Mon­u­ment, also dis­cusses her ex­pe­ri­ences — be­gin­ning with her first trip to Africa, when she was ten years old — with her par­ents, African drum and dance teach­ers Eric and Elise Gent. There is a book launch party for Funded! at the Rai­l­yard Per­for­mance Cen­ter (1611 Paseo de Per­alta; 505-982-8309) on Satur­day, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. — Jen­nifer Levin

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